MAJUKY FAQIRABAD (AFP) President Asif Ali Za-rdari came under renewed fire Tuesday for visiting Fran-ce and Britain while up to 3.2m of his people suffer from the worst floods in decades. Devastating monsoon rains have killed up to 1,500 people and washed away entire villages in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, submerging farmland, drowning livestock and now spreading across much of the country. Zardari came under flak for failing to scrap summits in Britain and Paris to confront the miseries at home. Why did Zardari embark on a visit to France and Britain when his own people are in great distress and shock? asked Murad Khan in Majuky Faqirabad, one of the worst affected villages in the northwest. We are facing an awful situation and the president should not have left the country, said Murad. Govt assistance has yet to materialise in Murads village, where witnesses said most of the homes had been destroyed and at least 100 people were missing. Survivors are living in desperate conditions under open skies or sheltering from heavy rains in mosques without clean drinking water and food, as fears grow of a public health disaster. Two young girls in my immediate neighbourhood drow-ned in the flood waters, hit out 40-year-old Sher Khan, also in Majuky. Zardari should visit the flood-hit areas and take steps for welfare of the stranded people instead of taking joy rides to France and UK. Aid officials said clean drinking water and sanitation were urgently needed in northwest to stop disease spreading after the countrys worst floods in 80 years. We have been cut off from the rest of the country for the last five days, said Muha-mmad Tariq, 37, a schooltea-cher told AFP from Bahrain district. The army and local administration repeatedly assured us that they would airlift us to Peshawar but nothing of the sort has happened yet. As concerns grew of a potential public health disaster, the death toll was expected to rise further on Tuesday. The local government in Khyber Pakhtunkwa province has said up to 1,500 people died and the UN Childrens Fund put the figure at 1,400. Providing clean water and sanitation is an absolute priority if we are to avert a public health disaster, said Ateeb Siddiqui, director of operations with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society. An assessment by the UN World Food Programme in four districts - Nowshera, Cha-rsadda, Mardan and Peshawar - found that around 80,000 homes had been destroyed and another 50,000 damaged. In Peshawar, more than 200 people including women and children queued up near a truck carrying flour, cooking oil and lentils. Other survivors lay their wet bedding out on the roadside, waiting for handouts. Schoolteacher Aurangzeb Khan said floods had reduced his community to mud. Dont give us biscuits and juice packs in aid, we need clean drinking water.